MCAN Director, Michigan education leaders to attend White House College Opportunity Day of Action

December 3, 2014 - Lansing, MI – Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) Executive Director Brandy Johnson will attend a national conference on Dec. 4 to celebrate action for increasing access and success in college for low-income and disadvantaged students.

The day-long summit will be hosted at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., and will feature panel discussions and seminars related to increasing college access to our nation's students, including a session hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

"This event is an important convening of academics, industry leaders and politicians, all of whom are committed to expanding opportunity for more students to enroll and succeed in college," said Brandy Johnson, executive director of MCAN. "I'm thrilled to accept this invitation and spend an afternoon discussing new ideas and best practices to expand college access."

Other Michigan education leaders attending the summit include John C. Austin, president of the State Board of Education, John Dunn, president of Western Michigan University, Daniel Little, chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dan Varner, chief executive officer at Excellent Schools Detroit, Melissa Miller, director of WE CAN Newaygo County and Monica Moser, president and CEO of the Jackson Community Foundation.

Johnson has been an important participant in previous events hosted by the White House. In July, she was invited to join "The White House Opportunity Agenda," a task force led by First Lady Michelle Obama that focused on the vital role of school counselors in impacting students' college and career readiness. Johnson also spoke at the White House's higher education summit in July. In November, she along with a team of Michigan school counseling advocates traveled to San Diego State University to focus on creating and implementing measurable action plans for improving school counseling preparation, programs and practices with the goal of increasing college access for all students.


About Michigan College Access Network
As the leader in the state's college access movement, MCAN's mission is to increase Michigan's college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 36.8% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate's degree, to 37.4%. However, Michigan's rate still lags behind the national average of 39.4 percent. It is MCAN's goal to increase Michigan's postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit

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